REGION I Bay Area Chapter Jason Wentz, President Sienna Dunakin Currently attending: Ohio State University PORAC member: Mark Dunakin, Oakland POA (EOW: March 21, 2009) Parents: Mark and Angela Dunakin Alexis Massey Graduated from: Los Gatos High School PORAC member: William Massey, San Mateo County OSS Parents: William Massey and Andrea Westrum Allyson McBroom […]
By the time you read this, the Legislature will likely be in summer recess. When they return on August 6, there will only be four weeks left of the 2017–2018 legislative session. PORAC, along with Aaron Read & Associates (ARA), will be busy over the next several weeks working to support, oppose or amend legislation.
Law enforcement initiatives have once again become the talk of Washington. Both the House and Senate have passed (or are actively reviewing) legislation to address prison reform and law enforcement grant funding. The Supreme Court has also jumped into the fray, restricting police authority to conduct warrantless searches of rental cars and vehicles in driveways.
On May 8, PORAC leadership walked the halls of the Capitol for their annual Legislative Day. In past years, PORAC members met with their local policymakers to discuss PORAC’s sponsored, supported and opposed legislation. This year, however, we narrowed our focus down to three bills that, if passed, could greatly impact the safety of our officers and the public.
Beginning with a proclamation by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, National Police Week has blossomed into a nearly monthlong commemoration during which tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world meet in Washington, D.C., to honor those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. PORAC members participated in a number of National Police Week events, including a candlelight vigil held Sunday evening, May 13, on the National Mall.
On May 6 and 7, law enforcement members, supporters and surviving families from throughout the state gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento for the 42nd annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, honoring the six officers killed in the line of duty in 2017 and remembering all those who have given their lives in the service of public safety.
2018 is the second half of the two-year legislative session, and it is turning out to be quite challenging. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other social justice organizations are sponsoring bills that range from bringing the attorney general into officer-involved shootings and the mandatory release of body-camera footage to the release of investigatory files and the severe restriction of the use of deadly force by officers.